Collins, 25, had one assist, six shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in six games with the Blue Jackets last season, and 16 goals, 25 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Selected by the Blue Jackets in the seventh round (No. 187) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Collins has 27 goals, 49 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 139 games with the Falcons. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native had 30 goals, 27 assists and 62 penalty minutes in four seasons at Cornell University (2008-12), where he helped lead the Big Red to the ECAC championship in 2010. He was named to the conference All-Academic Team in 2008-09 and served as Cornell's alternate captain in 2011-12.
Prior to his college career, Collins (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) spent two seasons with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He won the league's Rookie of the Year award in 2006-07 and was a Second Team All-Star in 2007-08.